When we moved from small town Texas to Northern Virginia last year, I thought we were saying our last goodbyes to life in the country forever and a big hello to metropolitan city living. Come to find out, Northern Virginia is quite literally the best of both worlds. Here, we have the urban city life and all the shopping, restaurants, and culture that come with being in the DC-Metro area. On the other hand, you can pretty much take an hour-long drive and find yourself breathing in the fresh air of the rolling hills, big forests, and farmland.
A few weeks ago, some girlfriends and I headed out to Middleburg for a day of brunching and horseback riding in the country. We started our morning at Front Porch Market and Grill for a pretty spectacular brunch and coffee, then headed to Chetwood Farm for a beautiful two-hour long trail ride. And to top it all off, when we returned to the ranch, we were greeted with a crackling fire pit, wine, and snacks – the perfect end to a perfect day. And to think, I almost didn’t go because I was just too busy. Note to self, even when you’re in the thick of crazy schedules and the hustle of life, when invited to a horseback ride in the country, just say yes. Your rear end will be sore for days, and you’ll have achy muscles you didn’t even know existed after you get off that horse, but I guarantee it will have been (and was) a Saturday well spent.
Front Porch photo courtesy of Kelly K. on Yelp.